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Learn more about Postgres' performance

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For August's presentation night on 8/28, we will stray from Python technologies a bit. We will learn about how the database layer works to help you to be more well rounded in your programming.


To many application developers the database is a black box. You expect to be able to put data into your database, have it to stay there, and get it out when you query it... hopefully in a performant manner. When its not performant enough the two options are usually add some indexes or throw some hardware at it. We'll walk through a bit of a clearer guide of how you can understand how database is doing from a 30,000 foot perspective as well as analyze specific problematic queries and how to tune them. In particular we'll cover:

* Postgres Caching

* Postgres Indexing

* Explain Plans

* Extensions

* Some packages that can help

* More

Speaker Bio:
Craig Kerstiens works at Heroku and has worn a variety of hats from engineering to product management, as well as launching their support for Python. He currently runs product for the Heroku Postgres team. He has been working with both Python and Postgres off and on for many years and curates a variety of Postgres channels today such as and postgresweekly. He also blogs about Python at


6:15p - Check-in and mingle, with Pizza and Beer provided by our generous sponsor Yelp!

7:00p - Welcome and announcements

7:10p - 3-4 Lightning Talks (5 minutes each)

7:30p - Featured Talk

8:15p - Q & A and more mingling, ping pong, pool

9:30p - Doors close. Late owls continue on to Thirsty Bear

*Please take note of the important check-in details at Yelp*

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As usual, looking forward to meeting you and feel free to ping me with questions or suggestions -